EU mulls new rules to protect whistleblowers

The European Commission, European Parliament, and the Member States on Tuesday in Strasbourg agreed on new rules to protect whistleblowers who report breaches of EU laws.

A statement by the European Commission said the new rules cover a wide reach of areas of EU laws, including anti-money laundering and corporate taxation, data protection, protection of the Union’s financial interests, food and product safety and environmental protection and nuclear safety.

The statement said member states are free to extend these rules to cover other areas.

The Commission also encouraged them to establish comprehensive frameworks for whistleblower protection based on the same principles.

‘Safe channels’

On clear reporting procedures and obligations for employers, the new rules will establish a system of safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities.

Besides, safe reporting channels rule encourages whistleblowers to report first internally, if the breach they want to reveal can be effectively addressed within their organisation

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